Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Rural roots revisited
Crafts and critters remain a staple
By David Eck
LEBANON Rides, crafts and lots of food highlight the 149th annual Warren County Fair, but animals take center stage.
In a county becoming more urban by the day, there are still plenty of horses, steers, hogs and sheep on display at the county fair.
The fair runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds in Lebanon. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
LESLIE SCHOELLMAN, 14, PLAYS CARDS WITH HER FRIEND JENNIFER GOODWIN, 12, AT THE WARREN COUNTY FAIR. |
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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Bob Neal of Symmes Township in Hamilton County spent Monday at the fair with his sons, Robbie, 5, and Andrew, 2.
It's a nice, festive atmosphere, Mr. Neal said. We like the animals, and this is a lot closer than the Ohio State Fair.
One of the sure signs that summer is in full swing is the return of the fair to the 57-acre parcel on Ohio 48 about 2 miles north of Lebanon.
New this year is an alligator demonstration three times daily and a ship ride, said Ed Wade, president of the Warren County Fair Board. The rodeo also has been updated.
Other activities include a demolition derby, tractor pull, antique tractor pull and harness racing.
We're always looking for new things, said Mr. Wade, a Clearcreek Township trustee.
Officials are expecting 60,000 people to attend the fair during its six-day run. About 50,000 attended last year, said Mr. Wade.
Hundreds of 4-H projects include agriculture, animals, and activities such as computers, cooking and sciences.
4-H is not necessarily an agricultural (activity) anymore, said Fred Winkler, a 4-H adviser from northern Warren County.
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